PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal to face Alexander Zverev in Australian Open after beating Marcos Baghdatis

2009 Australian Open champion Rafael Nadal has made it through to the third round of the Grand Slam following a straight-sets win over Marcos Baghdatis.

Rafa saw off the Cypriot’s challenge in impressive fashion on Thursday, dispatching of his opponent 6-3, 6-1, 6-3.

Since I wasn’t able to watch Rafa’s match I’m really happy to read that our champ showed enough of the old passion and firepower in the two hour 13-minute clinic at Rod Laver Arena.

After the match, Rafa said:

It was a good match. I didn’t play during the night yet so the conditions were different and it was tough to adjust at the beginning. Marcos is a great player, especially in this court, he has a special feeling. It was a great victory. I feel great in my body with no injuries now, I can’t ask for anything more. (via Australian Open)

Rafa will play German Alexander Zverev in the next round.

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Florian Mayer in Australian Open first round

2009 champion Rafael Nadal progressed to the second round with a straight-set win over German Florian Mayer. He won 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and four minutes against the 33-year-old in Melbourne on Tuesday.

Our champ played solid during the match, moved well, and seemed to be happy to be both cat and mouse in the rallies against the world No.49. Rafa hit 39 winners in total and was never broken in the match, with his first serve finding its mark an impressive 70 per cent of the time.

Rafa to Jim Courier:

It felt great. I am happy to do an interview with you, last year I didn’t have the chance! I’m very happy this year, I have had a long period here and it’s been a great experience, visiting Brisbane, Sydney and now Melbourne.

I have been practicing a lot, this year even a little bit more. I worked on a lot of things in Mallorca. Today was a good first round, he was a tough player to play. He changes the rhythm and you need to be careful on every shot. (via Australian Open)

Rafa will face Marcos Bagdhatis in the next round.

Rafael Nadal unveils the new Kia Stinger

Kia global brand ambassador Rafael Nadal has unveiled the new Kia Stinger today in Melbourne during the official handover ceremony for the Australian Open 2017.

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal practices under the watchful eyes of coaches Uncle Toni and Carlos Moya

A few photos from Rafael Nadal’s Sunday practice.


PHOTOS: Rafa’s Saturday practice in Melbourne

Photos from Rafa’s practice session in Melbourne on Saturday.

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal practices ahead of Australian Open with Marin Cilic

Some photos from Rafael Nadal’s practice session today with Marin Cilic in Melbourne.

PHOTOS: Another Day, Another Practice Session for Rafael Nadal in Melbourne

A few photos from Rafael Nadal’s Thursday practice at the Australian Open.